On my recent trip to PNG, I ate lots and lots of food. Even though the snorkelling was by no means strenuous (and only for a few hours a day) I snacked like crazy. And, given the availability of food in the shops and the market over there, things were pretty carb-heavy. In other words, I was kind of in heaven.
There was no soy milk around, and since it was a short trip I didn't bother worrying about it. (When I went before, for two months, I brought up some powder which was gross, but then found some asceptic soymilks from Vietnam for sale in the store.) Breakfast, then, consisted of toast or oats. Both with lots of bananas.
Most days we went diving at 11 or so, and had a big mid-morning snack before going. Avocado toast, anyone?
We got through a few chocolate cakes for afternoon and evening snackage.
And we cooked dinner every night, except for one when we went over to the resort for a rather disappointing meal. Our kitchen was a bit small, and the stove, pans and utensils weren't wonderful, but we managed to produce a few good meals (and a few mediocre ones).
I had brought the recipe for Jamaican Cook Up Rice from The Tropical Vegan, so we made that with some changes. We didn't have any fresh herbs, and barely any spices, but this coconutty rice & black eyed peas was good anyways. The pumpkin greens we stirred through were a winner; the sweet potato had gone off and made me want to gag. We picked it out and somehow managed to enjoy the meal anyways (being in PNG makes me a lot less precious about that sort of thing).
We had two noodle stir-fries. One, with a packet of Ma Po sauce, made our mouths tingle in a chemically way. Another was much better, made with simply sweet chilli and soy sauce, with eggplant, pumpkin and a green that looked like watercress.
The rice in PNG is good.
Another night they went with a veggie & black eyed pea stew on rice (and a chocolate cake cooling in the background).
All up, we ate pretty well. I'll be back soon to show you some of the activities I spent all those calories on...